Clinical psychologist Phil McGraw, known popularly as “Dr. Phil,” urged a Senate committee Wednesday not to be “penny-wise and pound-foolish” in its renewing of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The law funds safe places for women and children to go to so they don’t end up on the street or lose their children to foster care, the daytime talk-show host told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It also funds essential services, such as counseling, financial guidance and hotlines, said Mr. McGraw, who said his TV show receives thousands of calls related to violence in the home. “We need this act,” he said.
His remarks were sparked, in part, by those of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican. Reviews of VAWA grantees have uncovered vast problems with record-keeping and unallowable expenditures, said Mr. Grassley. “Simply put, in today’s economic environment, we cannot tolerate this level of malfeasance in federal grant programs.”
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